October11, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jiri Tlusty (19) carries the puck against the Los Angeles Kings at PNC Center. The Kings defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Trade Rumors: The Canes Are Looking To Make A Major Trade

It appeared that Carolina Hurricanes trade rumors were starting to die down, but now it looks like that they are back and bigger than ever. According to reports from thefourthperiod.com, the Carolina Hurricanes are looking to make a “major move” to improve their chances of making the playoffs.

General Manager Jim Rutherford has worked “vigorously” on the phones in order to get a big trade done.

The Carolina Hurricanes are still shopping forwards Jiri Tlusty and Tuomo Ruutu, defenseman Tim Gleason, and goalies Justin Peters and Anton Khudobin.

The report says that the Carolina Hurricanes are looking to bolster their blue line. So a trade for a defenseman may be bigger than once thought. Perhaps it is for one of the bigger name defenseman on the market, and not a smaller name like John-Michael Liles.

The Carolina Hurricanes are also looking to acquire a second-line scoring forward to shake up the Canes offense. There were Mikael Backlund rumors a few weeks ago, but those appeared to have fallen through. It now appears that the Carolina Hurricanes are now searching for other options on the trade market.

This could all snow ball into one big trade. Jim Rutherford is not shy of pulling the trigger on big deals, as he showed in the Jordan Staal trade. There could be a major trade in the works behind scenes. Jim Rutherford also said some trades take a long time to work out in his “State of The Canes” interview on the team’s official website. The Carolina Hurricanes average attendance is down 14.7% from last year’s attendance as well. A move could certainly spark an increase in attendance.

It looks like Jim Rutherford may be getting close to pulling off a huge trade, and it would certainly shake up the team, hopefully in a good way.

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